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World observes solemn Sept. 11 anniversary

TRAGIC DAY Thousands of people observed moments of silence in the US and the UK to remember the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001

AP , NEW YORK AND LONDON

Indian well-wishers place floral tributes on a sand replica of the World Trade Center on a beach in Puri, some 70km east of Bhubaneswar, India, yesterday, to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York and Washington.

PHOTO: AFP

Five years after terrorists wrought death from clear skies, Americans began their observation of a solemn anniversary yesterday, with plans for silent reflection and fresh mourning for the nearly 3,000 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

On the 6.4-hectare New York City expanse where the World Trade Center once stood, four moments of silence were planned for 8:46am, 9:03am, 9:59am and 10:29am, the times when jetliners struck each of the twin towers, and when each tower fell.

Spouses and partners of the 2,749 people who died at the trade center were to read the names of the victims as families of the victims descend to roam the site and lay flowers.

US President George W. Bush visited ground zero on Sunday and yesterday was to visit the two other attack sites: Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where 40 people were killed when a jet crashed into the ground, and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia -- just outside Washington -- where 184 died.

Bush also planned a prime-time address from the Oval Office.

There were also moments of silence set for 8:46am in the American and United terminals of Logan International Airport in Boston. American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 took off from Logan before slamming into the towers.

Meanwhile, in London a leafy square was to fall silent yesterday to remember the nearly 3,000 people who were killed.

After the minute of silence and the conclusion of the ceremony, Grosvenor Square would fill with music when a concert was to be held in the Sept. 11 Memorial Garden, across from the US Embassy.

At 1:44pm, the US ambassador to London, Robert Tuttle, was to lay a wreath. Two minutes later, five years to the minute after the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, a minute of silence was to be held. Some family members of those who died in the attacks are expected to attend the ceremony.

The evening event in the square is a concert organized by the British Memorial Garden Trust, as part of the September Concert series. It coordinates free annual concerts around the globe to remember the attacks. A second concert was planned for Bath, England, about 180km west of London.

The memorial garden is a permanent monument to those killed in the attacks -- including 67 Britons -- and was opened in 2003. Buried underneath a plaque dedicated to the victims is a section of steel girder from World Trade Center One, preserved in resin.

The memorial garden is the focus for Britain's commemoration of the Sept. 11 anniversary.

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